Open, shut them

Introduce new words and encourage motor skills with this fun finger play.


5 minutes

Learning Stages

Fingerplays like Open, Shut Them allow toddlers to practice coordinating words and finger motions.

Open, shut them (open hands then close them together)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
(clap hands each time you say "clap")

Open shut them (open hands then close them together)
Open shut them
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap
(tap your lap each time you say "lap")

Creep them crawl them ("crawl" fingers up the sides of your body)
Creep them crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
(bring fingers to chin)
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in
(hide fingers behind back)